The lecturers discuss: The definition of culture, the definition of holiday, the 10-song radio rotation list, the co-opting of culture, and social engineering. At the 30-minute mark, Native American, Guy Jones, discusses: Thanksgiving, nations vs. tribes, love and hate, relationships, the capitalist system, and prayer.
[SIDEBAR: Black Love Day & Maafa Recognition Day- Genius!]
The clip below shows what happened to the diary that Malcolm X was carrying in his breast pocket at the time of his death. [SIDEBAR: Be forewarned, there are some macabre parts to it. Also, a diary filled with DNA and screts?! Hmm.]
When Billie Holiday bravely recorded “Strange Fruit,” as a protest to the lynchings that were happening across the nation, she literally put her life and career on the line.
STRANGE FRUIT LYRICS
Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves
Blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
The scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather
For the wind to suck
For the sun to rot
For the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
A must see video! Bill Cosby talks about how history books were detrimentally altered to exclude and distort the true history of African-Americans. He also shows: How Picasso and other famous “artists” stole from African artists, the “master/pet relationship” between Shirley Temple and Bojangles, and the stereotypes portrayed in Hollywood.
“If you tell the history of slavery, you have a big problem on your hands…America invented the cruelest slavery in the history of the world because it broke up Black families. After slavery was over, America kept breaking up the Black man’s family.” -Bill Cosby
[SIDEBAR: When he was educating the children…No words, just pride!]
A decades-old video of Bill Cosby talking about Black History facts. Very interesting…I wonder if this was actually aired on network television. [SIDEBAR: This is only part one. I will post the whole documentary within the week.]